The Rev. Amber Floyd and her husband, M.H. Floyd Sr., have lived 158 years between them. Him 91 years, her 67. The last month of their lives has been filled with tears because Buttons their dog is gone.
“Missing,” say the signs posted on poles around Rock Hill. On the sign is a picture.
Buttons is a toy poodle, almost 4 years old, black, and weighs about 4 pounds.
Buttons leaped out of an open car window Aug. 30 in front of a restaurant near the corner of Mount Gallant Road and Anderson Road – and disappeared. The couple had stopped to fix a window on their older model van, and the dog just hopped out, the Rev. Floyd said. People nearby that day helped the distraught couple search.
Ever since, the couple on a fixed income has walked miles, put up hundreds of fliers, offered a $500 reward through an ad in The Herald, and cried.
The loss of Buttons has tested the faith of even Rev. Floyd.
“We are standing on faith that God will bring Buttons home,” she said. “The Lord will provide.”
Buttons might seem like just a dog to some, but to the Floyds, the loss and the search is more. The flier says plainly, “Please help bring our baby home!”
Buttons was with the Floyds all day, every day.
“I feel like there is a hole in my heart that Buttons used to fill,” said M.H. Floyd, who is retired after a lifetime in the tree service business. “My heart is broke.”
“And my purse,” said Rev. Floyd. “Buttons used to ride right there in my purse.”
Other times, Buttons would nestle into a Bible in the van. The Rev. Floyd never said no to Buttons, nestled into the New Testament.
“Buttons in the Bible brought comfort and joy,” she said.
Searches have so far come up empty. Calls from the fliers posted around the city have brought leads, but no Buttons. There have been potential sightings as far away as McConnells, about 13 miles west of Rock Hill. The couple has followed up on tips, but have not found Buttons.
“We are not giving up,” the Rev. Floyd said.
Not giving up means prayer, walking and putting up fliers. There is a sign on the back of the couple’s van with Buttons’ picture that states “Missing.”
The Floyds are hoping somebody will find Buttons.
“I’m expecting to find him,” the Rev. Floyd said. “I hope he can feel my heart reaching out to him.”
Want to help?
Anyone with information about Buttons the lost dog can call 803-417-1290.